Meet the Company
Jared Reed (Producing Artistic Director) has been proudly associated with Hedgerow since 1990 and is tremendously excited to be a part of this wonderful company. A Juilliard School graduate, Jared has appeared nationally at the Old Globe in San Diego, The McCarter Theatre, The Huntington, Cleveland Playhouse, The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and others. He appeared off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane before making his home in the Philadelphia region, co-founding Curio Theatre Company, and starting a family.
Ari Baker (Production Manager) is originally from King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. She earned her B.A. in Theatre Arts and History as well as her M.A. in Teaching in Secondary Social Studies Education from the University of Pittsburgh. While she started in theatre as a performer, she is particularly fond of administration and theatrical lighting. Ari has participated in all aspects of theatre with the exception of rigging. She is currently the Production Manager of Hedgerow Theatre. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing guitar, singing, and painting.
Allison Bloechl (Actor, Tech, Box Office Manager) holds a B.A.S. in Theatre and Environmental Science from Muhlenberg College where she studied Acting and Performance Studies. She is a registered Actor-Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors and a trained vocalist. Allison was last seen at Hedgerow in A Murder has been Arranged, Don Quixote, No Sex Please We’re British, Bullshot Crummond, Dracula, Or,, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Servant of Two Masters, and Boeing Boeing. www.allisonbloechl.com
Leslie Ann Boyden (Stage Manager) is a first year stage management fellow. Previous Hedgerow credits include Bullshot Crummond (SM) Dracula (ASM) A Christmas Carol (SM) Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (SM) Or, (SM), The Mysterious Affair At Styles (Sound Designer/ASM), The Servant of Two Masters (Sound Designer/ASM), Boeing Boeing (SM). She graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2014 with a BA in Theatre. She would like to thank her family and friends for their tremendous amount of support throughout the years.
Rebecca Jane Cureton (Alumna) is an alumna and third generation company member of Hedgerow Theatre after serving four years as a resident from 2010-2014. Rebecca is currently pursing an M.A. in Theatre with a Certificate in Non-profit Management at Villanova University where she is the graduate assistant in marketing. She earned her B.A. in Classical Civilization and Art History at Loyola University in Maryland. Acting training: The Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington, D.C.), The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Hedgerow Theatre, and Villanova University. Hedgerow credits: Pamela, Margaret, Anabella (The 39 Steps), Second Witch/Lady MacDuff (Macbeth), Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice), Janie McMichael (Not Now, Darling!), Adriana, Courtesan, Officer (The Comedy of Errors). www.rebeccajanecureton.com.
Art Hunter (Group Sales and Outreach Director) resides in Media, Pa. He graduated from St. Francis University with a B.S. in Education and Villanova University with a M.A. in Educational Administration. He was involved in all aspects of Medical Sales working for Johnson & Johnson, Siemens Medical and General Electric. He enjoys all sports and broadcasted Drexel University Men’s Basketball for 16 years.
Juliet Grey Kelsey (Musician, Actor, Props) is a children’s theatre writer, teacher, actress, director, singer, composer of music and teacher of Drama for Youth from Rose Valley, Pennsylvania. She was a resident teacher at Hedgerow School for Musical Children’s Theatre from 1999 to 2006 when she became the instructor of the Drama Club at the Media Providence Friends School for three years. Returning once again to her beloved Hedgerow, Grey is teaching the Youth Classes, touring, and involved once again with the continuing need for organization needed for live theatre. While she was away she began a book series called Nettie By the Sea Stories, the first of which has been published. Grey has seen some of her first year students excel in college for the arts which inspires her to continue her work with the young folk.
Teresa Kozin (Stage Management) Attended Neumann University in the Class of 2015, graduating with a BA in Art and Theater Production. Her first professional stage management debut was in Dracula. Since then she has stage managed The Mysterious Affair at Styles and the Servant of Two Masters.
Darlene McClellan (Business Manager) Darlene graduated from Shippensburg University, where she majored and earned her B.S. in English and Library Science. She worked as a substitute teacher in the Ridley, Interboro, and Wallingford-Swarthmore school districts. She began her career at Hedgerow Theatre in 1998 when she volunteered as a backstage helper during children theatre productions. Still volunteering, she worked as a stage manager in both mainstage and children’s shows and an assistant director of Tiny Tim’s Christmas. She has coordinated the rehearsal and production schedules of many productions and has directed many children both at the theatre and at Strath Haven Middle School where for the past 2 years she has been assistant to the director in the production of the spring musical. Darlene serves at Hedgerow’s Board Liaison to facilitate and maintain a strong and active communication between the board of directors and company departments.
Josh Portera (Actor and Teacher) Graduating from Muhlenberg College (B.A. Theatre), past credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Bazzard), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Snout), and 44 Plays for 44 Presidents. Josh would like to thank his friends and family for their unwavering support over the years – in spite of all the funny faces and silly accents they had to put up with – and looks forward to being a part of future projects at Hedgerow!
Ann Prieur (Volunteer, Registrar)
Penelope Reed (Director Emeritus) loves leading this versatile company that serves the Delaware Valley Community. A fourth generation theater artist, Ms.Reed distinguished herself in many roles as leading actress, director and master teacher at The Milwaukee Repertory and McCarter Theatres, among others. Academic and Administration credits include Alverno College and The Lawrenceville School Theatre Department Chair and Robert G. Pitman and Alan P. Kirby Art Centers where she served as Administrator. Her passion for the last twenty years has been enlightening minds and transforming lives through theater. She is grateful to be part of a company with such outstanding human beings. Ms. Reed is the former President of The Rotary Club of Media.
Mark Swift (Actor and Teacher) is in his first year at Hedgerow Theatre. He has appeared in A Doctor in Spite of Himself (Geronte) and Metamorphoses (Phaeton, Silenus, Hades) at Rider University, where he has recently graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Performance. Mark would like to thank his family and friends for supporting him every step of the way, and to his new family at Hedgerow for giving him this wonderful opportunity.
Susan Tiedeck (Editor, Marketing) came to Hedgerow in 2011 after working more than 20 years at TV Guide magazine as a writer and editor. She also taught preschool at Old Union and was a kindergarten teaching assistant in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District. Sue has a degree in German and medieval literature from Heidelberg University in Ohio. She also studied at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and attended grad school at the University of Pennsylvania and Widener University. In addition to writing press releases and helping on grant proposals, Sue has appeared in three Hedgerow productions, Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Godspell and Not Now, Darling.
Brock D. Vickers (Actor, Writer, Playwright, Marketing Manager) is a second-year Resident Fellow at the Hedgerow Theatre. Originally from Georgia, Vickers is a professional actor and writer who has appeared in multiple productions in the Tri-State area. He has been seen at Hedgerow in A Christmas Carol, Sense and Sensibility, Communicating Doors, Hamlet, Tales from Edgar Allan Poe, and On the Verge. Past performances include The Boss in Kerrigan and Lowdermilk’s Flash of Time for the 2013 PIFA Festival, The Raven in Fractured Mirror’s Shades of Poe, and the Bartender in Bye Bye Liver: Philadelphia. He has also taught classical theatre for the Philadelphia Shakespeare Company, performed improvised and devised works with PRF Productions, and entertained children with Family Stages and the Garden State Discovery Museum. Vickers studied acting at Darton College and later attained a B.A. in Theatre and a BS in Journalism from Georgia Southern University where he appeared in over twenty productions. Favorite performances at GSU include The Commandor in Fuenteovejuna, Nikos in Big Love, and Stephano in The Tempest. www.brockdvickers.weebly.com.
Susan Wefel (Actor, Marketing, Member since ‘78) is a graduate of Boston University’s Theatre School and is a 37-year veteran actress and Company Member of Hedgerow Theatre. She has studied under Dolores Tanner, Rose Schulman, Janet Kelsey, Louis Lippa, and Penelope Reed. Susan teaches our Children and Teens in camps, Saturday classes, and our performance classes, and with Chester Charter.
Shaun Yates (Actor, Teacher) has been a proud member of the Hedgerow Theatre extended company for five years. In that time he has performed numerous roles from John Brown in John Brown’s Body and Tournell in A Flea in Her Ear, to Mr. Willy in Two Into One and Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Shaun also serves as the music director for Hedgerow’s children’s musicals and other shows when necessary. To find out more and see what else Shaun is up to visit his website: http://www.shaunyates.com